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10 Famous People Who Suffered From Dyslexia

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Dyslexia is a learning disorder where person find it difficult to read and understand what is written in the books. There are some kids who are thought to be disabled just because they are incapable of reading and learning. In this disorder person gets confused if numerous thing happens at the same time. For example, if you through an object to that person he will get confused in between distance, speed and length of an object and will not be able to catch it. Similarly, while writing they gets confused in the structure of words and even could not able to convert speeches into words.

Their might be many kids who have stopped studying just because of this disorder. But I want to tell you that do not get disheartened because this because this disorder can be removed just with little practice. Their have been some great and famous people who have Dyslexia in their childhood. Some of them even have to left school. But despite these circumstances they stood up and became famous and successful.

Below is the list of some great scientists, actors and entrepreneurs who suffered from dyslexia during their childhood.

Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931)

Birth place: Milan, Ohio, U.S.

He is one of the most famous and renowned American inventors and businessmen who has been often described as America’s greatest inventor of his generation.

His exemplary works include many devices in various fields such as electric power generation, mass communication, sound recording, and motion pictures. His famous inventions include phonograph, the motion camera, and major invention which is now popularly known as electric light bulb, this had a widespread impact on the world.

In his early days he was taught reading, writing, and arithmetic by his mother who used to be a school teacher. Edison was a dyslexic. Due to difficulties in concentration, he attended school for only a few months. As a child, he was very much impressed with technology advancements and spent hours working on experiments.

Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr. (August 14, 1959)

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Birth place: Lansing, Michigan, U.S.

He is an American retired professional basketball player and former president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Johnson struggled with dyslexia in childhood and took summer classes to stay caught up. As a young boy, he was judged by both his classmates and advisers. Johnson knew his potential as a basketball player.

Early on he had trouble focusing on academics, he later focused on his athletic ability primarily on basketball. He was recruited for the Lakers professional team for 13 seasons.

After winning the championships in high school as well as college, Johnson was selected in the 1979 NBA draft by the Lakers. He won a championship and an all-star NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award.

James Douglas Muir “Jay” Leno (born April 28, 1950)

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Birth place: New Rochelle, New York, U.S.

An American comedian, actor, writer, producer, and former late-night television host, Leno struggled with dyslexia during his school years. He would have difficulties in completing his homework.

Hence, he was helped by his mother, a Scottish immigrant. At one point, his high school guidance counselor recommended that he drop out of school. Jay continued with his studies and later got admission to Emerson College in Boston.

He graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech therapy, a significant accomplishment itself! Leno pursued his natural talent for telling jokes and stories.

After several years of stand-up comedy during the start of his career, he became the host of NBC’s one of the famous “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”.

Though he is dyslexic and he only needs four to five hours of sleep each night. Him and his wife have contributed to various philanthropic activities.

Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (18 July 1950)

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Birth place: Blackheath, London, England.

He is an investor and former philanthropist. Branson had poor academic performance; during his school days due to dyslexia. His principal told him that he would end up in prison.

Later he proved them wrong, when he founded the Virgin Group, which today controls more than 400 companies in various fields. He aspired to become an entrepreneur at a very early age.

He was named in the Time 100 Most Influential People in The World list.

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill(30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965)

Birth place: Blenheim, Oxfordshire, England.

He was a British army officer, and a famous writer who later became the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He led them to victory in the World War II.

Very less known fact is that at age seven, his academics and his behavior was known to be poor as he was a dyslexic. He was unable to pronounce the letter “S.”

He fought to overcome this but never succeeded. He gradually made it a distinctive part of his oratory,

Pablo Ruiz Picasso (25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973)

Birth place: Málaga, Spain

A Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and theatre designer who spent most of his adult life in France. He is regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

He struggled with academics due to dyslexia but ended up having great achievements..

Henry Franklin Winkler OBE (born October 30, 1945)

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Birth place: West Side, Manhattan, New York, U.S.

He is an American actor, director, producer, and a famous author. He gained his fame for his role as Arthur “Fonzie”.

He has won two Golden Globe Awards and three Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor. 

Winkler was known to be anxious as a child due to dyslexia.

He was considered to be slow and stupid. His relationship with his parents was strained, due to his dyslexic condition.

Fred Astaire (born Frederick Austerlitz; (May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987)

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Birth place: Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.

An American dancer, singer, and actor, Fred was one of the most influential dancers.

He started his early career in many Broadway shows and West End musicals, and made a total of 31 films, four television specials, and issued numerous recordings.

He took tap dancing to a whole new level with his expertise. Very few knew about his problem of being dyslexic.

Thomas Cruise Mapother IV (July 3, 1962)

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Birth place: Syracuse, New York, U.S.

He is better known by the stage name Tom Cruise, an American actor and producer. He has won many Golden Globe Awards and nominations for Academy Awards.

He is one of the highest-paid actors and highest-grossing box office stars of the world. Cruise struggled with dyslexia at an early age, later on he was able to get around it with little help.

Walter Elias Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966)

Birth place: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

He is one of the most famous American entrepreneurs, animator, writer, and film producers. A pioneer in designing cartoons and animation, he introduced several popular cartoon characters.

As a film producer, he holds the record for highest Academy Awards. He holds two Golden Globe Special Achievement Awards and an Emmy Award. Walt Disney was diagnosed with Dyslexia, but despite his struggles, he created an empire.

Disney dropped out of high school due to Dyslexia, but in 1919, he was hired at an animation studio creating advertisements, and subsequently opened his own studio.


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